I’ve previously talked about reasons given by women for not participating in the atheist and movement. The American Secular Census has previously given us survey data to help us figure out a problem. Now we have both in the same place. A couple of days ago, they released information on barriers to participation by women:
- Most women respondents not currently active in the secular movement are aware of groups and events but do not participate. A smaller percentage were involved at some point but are now inactive. For both of these subsets, insufficient time is cited most often as the main obstacle to participation.
- Other obstacles named by women outside the secular movement are inconvenient events; insufficient money; bad experience with group, person, or event; not a joiner; and lack of childcare.
- A non-trivial number of women respondents admitted they are not really sure why they haven’t participated in the secular movement.
- Although not the top response, lack of childcare was the one factor to emerge as a disproportionately women’s concern. Just 39.1% of all registrants submitting this Census form were women; yet women represented more than 61.1% of the “lack of childcare” responses. No other selection showed a gender imbalance this marked.
There is more information there, mostly about factors having to do with identity. There is also some good news. Go read it all.